Lost Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright's Vanished Masterpieces

Lost Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright's Vanished Masterpieces

by Carla Lind
     
 

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Despite Frank Lloyd Wright's global renown, more than one hundred of his buildings-one of every five built-have been destroyed. Gone are his majestic Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and the playful Midway Gardens in Chicago. Buffalo has lost the innovative Larkin Administration Building. Gone, too, are notable residences such as the palatial Little House in Minnesota and the… See more details below

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Despite Frank Lloyd Wright's global renown, more than one hundred of his buildings-one of every five built-have been destroyed. Gone are his majestic Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and the playful Midway Gardens in Chicago. Buffalo has lost the innovative Larkin Administration Building. Gone, too, are notable residences such as the palatial Little House in Minnesota and the stables in Mississippi he designed for his mentor, Louis Sullivan. Apartment buildings, houses large and small, retail spaces, resort colonies, garages, garden structures, and monumental high-profile commissions-all have been lost to future generations.

"How could it happen?" asks author Carla Lind in Lost Wrights. She then proceeds to show exactly how and why each of these buildings is no longer here. Illustrated with fascinating and often rare photographs, descriptions are arranged by building type from houses to apartments, recreation to business. Originally published in 1996 but out of print for several years, this is a revised and expanded edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Nearly 100 of the more than 500 buildings Wright built no longer exist because of fire, demolition, or purposeful neglect. This book illustrates many of them. Wright scholar Lind (Frank Lloyd Wright's First Houses, Pomegranate, 1996) has done a masterly job of researching and recording in detailed narrative and photographs (some rare and unusual) these vanished works. Beyond the value of these descriptions and images to both interested lay readers and scholars, the book leaves the reader with an immense feeling of masterpieces lost-a feeling compounded by the list of Wrightian buildings for which there are no known photographs or detailed descriptions. This clarion call for greater awareness of the shameful destruction of an important chapter in Americana belongs in collections interested in Wright's architecture or in historic preservation.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
School Library Journal
YA This well-written summary of the lost architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is arranged thematically, enabling students to make comparisons between similar buildings, e.g., houses, offices, apartments, etc. The readable text includes short anecdotes and interesting asides about Wright's style and personality. Having some architectural background is helpful, but not required as the author provides a short introduction to each section. A concise, but detailed description of each structure is presented with information about location, construction, function, and destruction. The buildings are brought to life one more time through the text and the excellent photography. Although many of the pictures are old black-and-white family snapshots, they have been enhanced, excellently reproduced, and artistically displayed. Unfortunately, a few of the photographs are placed in the gutter, making it nearly impossible to see the building. The author's purpose to relive the genius of Wright and to appreciate the architecture that once existed has been fully realized. Myra Tabish, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764945960
Publisher:
Pomegranate Art Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
998,153
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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